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By ATWadmin On October 10th, 2007 at 7:25 am

There is something going very badly wrong in modern Britain when we read that under laws to be introduced next year, bin wardens working for councils will be able to order drivers to stop and then search their cars for black bags of household refuse. They will be entitled to impound a family car if they think it is being used to dump rubbish unlawfully. What an outrage that the little Hitlers’ who infest local Councils now are granted such powers over us. 

Now I think that "fly-tipping" – the illegal abandoning of household rubbish along the roadside – is despicable behaviour. But people are more often than not driven (literally) to do this because of the draconian rules introduced around the collection of household waste. Councils are not providing a customer friendly approach to collecting waste and instead appear to have embarked on an all-out assault on the liberties of the householder. They should stop this and focus on ensuring that they collect all our waste, in a timely manner, so removing the need for some to fly-tip.  


By ATWadmin On October 9th, 2007 at 11:06 pm

kirsty1.jpgToday would have been the 48th birthday of my favourite female singer, Kirsty MacColl.  Of course she never lived to see it and for fans like me, today is a bittersweet day. So, I wanted to post this song by Kirsty..

"And though you’re gone, you’re with me every single day believe me…" 

Says it all.

Politicians are self-serving, arrogant filth

By ATWadmin On October 9th, 2007 at 7:55 pm

I won’t label politicians as pigs. I like pigs, they’re intelligent, charming animals and, compared to politicians, they’re nice to look at and don’t smell so bad. No, politicians are not pigs. This parliamentary notice, brought to us by Guido, shows us what politicians are:

Access to Services
Before the recess the Speaker approved the Administration Committee’s recommendation that Members should have priority access to services throughout the Commons part of the Parliamentary Estate. With effect from today, staff and other users should be prepared to give way to Members when queuing for retail and catering services, the post office, travel office or when using other facilities such as lifts, photocopiers, telephone cubicles, etc. When using parliamentary facilities, please bear in mind whether there is, or is likely to be, a heavy demand from Members and, if so, try to amend your own plans or schedule.

Peter Grant Peterkin
Serjeant at Arms

Sue Harrison
Director of Catering Services

You see, it’s the little things that particularly get me. Regular readers will know what I think of taxation. The Treasury will steal almost £700 billion from our private lives and economy this year, yet it’s the topping up of MPs’ pension funds with just a few million of our money, whilst requiring us to work until we drop, that irritates me beyond belief. It’s passing the Freedom of Information Act and then attempting to step outside of its provisions themselves.

This is in the same category. What narks me hugely is the philosopohy behind this notice. It says ‘we are above you’. It says that we MPs are so important we have no need to be civil to you, those we preside over. It’s also the sheer, utter rudeness! Well right now I’d love to have a job at the Palace of Westminster. This is one notice that would absolutely be ignored.

The last time I looked, it was Gorbals Mick who had his fat backside in the Speaker’s chair. You know him, he’s the famously working class egalitarian. Maybe his head’s been turned since we taxpayer’s provided him with a butler.


By ATWadmin On October 9th, 2007 at 6:29 pm

I received an email from an ATW reader expressing his disgust at how current leftists no longer believe in the things that those on the left once did. In the case of the reader concerned, he wonders where all the leftists from the 1960’s went to? Back then he believed in fighting for better rights for workers (He was a miner back then) and for a Health service for all. Nothing wrong with that at that time. But it is my view that as one matures, it is natural to move onto the political right. This is being accentuated by the current mob of leftists who now hate their country, hate their culture, hate their freedoms and hate the idea of working for a living.


By ATWadmin On October 9th, 2007 at 6:19 pm

Here is a new and interesting website called 1PARTY4ALL which takes a different approach to democracy: instead of voting on parties and personalities, you can vote on specific policies. Called ‘direct’ or ‘pure’ democracy, it empowers the population to voice its opinion on specific policy issues, allowing “the greatest happiness of the greatest number” to be expressed. Pop over and have a look – some interesting polls and very positive views expressed many of which I happen to thoroughly endorse – check out the polls they have running. Best of luck to all at IPARTY4ALL from ATW. 


By ATWadmin On October 9th, 2007 at 6:03 pm

Waring.jpgI’ve just come across this story which took place in my local village of Waringstown last night.

An 84-year-old man suffered serious head injuries in what witnesses described as a vicious hammer attack last night in Waringstown. The victim, believed to be a resident of the Co Armagh village, was rushed to hospital for treatmentt following the assault at a petrol station on Main Street. An eyewitness told the News Letter: “This guy came up the road with two hammers in his hands and stood in the middle of the road swinging his arms.Then he went onto the filling station forecourt and started smashing cars. He went into the shop and took a fire extinguisher and just threw it down the shop while customers looked on. The wee 84-year-old man was just getting back into his car when he hit him.”

Now there are several points to be made here.
1. The customers in the shop should have done something - just watching this madmen is not the right approach.
2. The alleged culprit needs locked away for a very long time. He is either mad on drugs, or both.
3. Waringstown is a little quaint village with a growing reputation for crime and drugs. The police presence has long been inadequate and needs dramatically strengthened.
4. I hope the injured pensioner recovers.

real choice in state funded education

By ATWadmin On October 9th, 2007 at 4:42 pm

It was interesting to read about Swedens education reforms over at the Debatable Land . They now offer total choice in state funded education – and as a result have improved standards. A new paper from the Adam Smith Institute  suggests the UK could usefully copy Sweden’s voucher system. It points out that in Sweden:

After the government allowed parents to send their children to any school that they thought was best — whether state, private or religious — and the government made sure that funding followed the pupil, as long as the school did not charge any top­-up fees, Sweden experienced an unprecedented expansion in the independent school system. New, affordable educational possibilities opened up to children from disadvantaged families. Swedish state schools were faced with having to compete in a more vibrant environment, and their quality improved as a result. Thanks to its spectacular success, the open access scheme introduced there is now valued by most parents, and embraced by all major political parties.

the lives of others

By ATWadmin On October 9th, 2007 at 4:35 pm

MC3BChe-Others.jpgHaving again watched the excellent German thriller/drama The Lives of Others recently, I was sad to learn the news that Ulrich Mühe,, the actor who played Gerd Wiesler, the conscience-stricken Stasi officer in von Donnersmarck’s Oscar winning film, died back in July. He succombed to a long battle with stomach cancer. His own life was similar to the film, only he was a victim of the Stasi and not an agent. In a strange coincidence, his first wife, the actress Jenny Groellmann, also died of cancer just a few months after The Lives of Others was released.  Mühe claimed his ex wife had herself been an agent of the Stasi from 1979 to 1989, spying on him and their fellow actors, a charge Groellmann strenuously denied (apparently 254 pages’ worth of government records detailed her activities). A month before her death, she won an injunction to prevent him from publishing a book on the matter. The Stasi lasted 40 years in only half of the country, employed 100,000 full-time workers and had, so this movie tells us, 400,000 informants. If you havent already seen the film, its well worth your time.


By ATWadmin On October 9th, 2007 at 8:57 am

We all know that Northern Ireland is no longer the polarised violent society it once was, thanks to the good old peace process. Or at least that is what some claim.

Comes the news via the Belfast Telegraph…

"There here have been calls for calm after a Protestant man had his skull fractured during sectarian clashes in Magherafelt at the weekend. It is understood the 24-year-old suffered the serious head wound during clashes between nationalist and loyalist youths in the town’s interface at Leckagh and Sperrin Drive in the early hours of Saturday morning. Police were called to the flashpoint again on Saturday night after further disturbances were reported.."

Peace, perfect peace. And a kick in the head.


By ATWadmin On October 9th, 2007 at 8:44 am

I picked up on the latest diatribe from the Iraqi Government against the Blackwater security company, lovingly parroted by the MSM this morning. It seems that Blackwater should cough up a million dollars to each family affected by the incident that took place last Sunday when Blackwater’s PSD Team 4 was protecting a US diplomat at the Izdihar financial compound. 

A bomb planted in a nearby vehicle exploded.  None of the Americans was injured and the diplomat was hustled away with help from Blackwater Tactical Support Team 22 (TST).  A second force of Blackwater operatives (TST 23) raced from the nearby Green Zone to assist and, according to a “sensitive” report filed by the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security that day, when they arrived nearby they came under fire from an “estimated 8-10 persons (who) fired from multiple nearby locations, with some aggressors dressed in civilian apparel and others in Iraqi Police uniforms .”

Just a few points here.

First, read this.

Second, will the Iraqi government be volunteering to pay up to $1million to every family of all US and UK military personnel killed in defence of Iraq?

Third, Blackwater IS the new Halliburton for the hard left and one can predictably expect the media to continue blackening Blackwater’s reputation whilst giving corrupt Iraqi officials an easy pass. It’s so instinctive, so very easy, to attack those who prevent the death of US diplomats. The better question is to wonder what to do when a convoy comes under sustained lethal attack by Iraqi "insurgents"? Call for the UN????